Archaeology of Wonder brings together two disparate approaches to the past – archaeology with its meticulous discipline, and wonder with its radical subjectivity – to examine contemporary works of art. This exhibition was conceived and is being curated by Kristina Newman-Scott, Real Art Ways’ Director of Visual Arts.
Central to the concept of the exhibition is the symbolic significance of archaeology: Freud used archaeological excavation as a metaphor for the process of remembering experiences in therapy. Indeed, such language has worked its way into our daily parlance; we often speak of “unearthing” facts and memories. Archaeology of Wonderposits questions about the way we use artifacts and art to approach those relationships to the past that are difficult to pin down, yet evoke inescapable reactions in the mind of the viewer, thus linking them to the world of wonder.